Politics

Oregon permanent standard time bill survives after Senate splits

BY: - February 20, 2024

An effort to switch Oregon to permanent standard time will live to see another day after hitting a temporary roadblock on Tuesday when the state Senate split evenly on the bill. It takes 16 “yes” votes to pass a bill in the 30-member Senate, and Sen. Kim Thatcher’s Senate Bill 1548 had just 15 senators […]

Composite image of Metro Council President Lynn Peterson, a white woman with blonde hair in a blue suit jacket, and state Rep. Janelle Bynum, a Black woman with short dark hair in a purple top with necklaces

Peterson drops out of Oregon 5th District race, endorses Bynum in Democratic primary

BY: - February 20, 2024

Metro Council President Lynn Peterson is dropping out of the Democratic primary in one of the nation’s most competitive congressional districts and throwing her support behind state Rep. Janelle Bynum.

Oregon has gaps in addiction treatment.

Senate committee axes proposal for mandatory addiction treatment for children  

BY: - February 20, 2024

Oregon lawmakers decided they don’t have enough time to research, debate and pass a bill this session to allow parents and guardians to force their children to enter residential programs for drug addiction treatment. As initially written, Senate Bill 1547 would have given parents the authority to require their children to be evaluated and, if […]

The Biden administration on Monday announced funding for more than 2,700 electric and low-emission school buses. Shown are parked school buses in a lot during the COVID-19 pandemic on April 21, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Oregon House passes school bus camera bill

BY: - February 19, 2024

A bill that resulted from a student coming within seconds of being struck by an aggressive driver is one step closer to becoming law in Oregon.  A high school student, Sean Sype, saw and reported the incident, prompting Rep. Courtney Neron, D-Wilsonville, to introduce House Bill 4147, which would allow school districts to add cameras […]

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Republicans in Washington Legislature bristle over collapse of rural housing bills

BY: - February 19, 2024

Heading into this year’s state legislative session, there was bipartisan support for bills that might’ve expanded housing in rural parts of Washington, including by allowing for more backyard cottages and subdividing of lots. Now, as the session enters its final weeks, those proposals appear to be dead. Republicans say Democrats, who have focused heavily on […]

Simon Fulford is director of Parrott Creek Youth Services in Oregon City.

Oregon Health Authority’s slowness to respond to drug crisis stymies expansion of care

BY: - February 16, 2024

Last August, the Oregon Health Authority asked treatment providers to identify “shovel ready” projects to help the state address the addiction crisis. Within weeks, they submitted details on 16 residential projects that the state could fund. Many providers had already purchased or identified buildings, secured some funding from other sources and hired contractors or obtained […]

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Dark money group targets Oregon swing districts with new mailers, ads

BY: - February 16, 2024

A dark money group founded by a national Republican political operative and oil industry lobbyists stepped up its efforts to influence Oregon voters this week, sending mailers and buying ad space in seven competitive state House districts.  Voters in the four Republican-held districts received glossy pieces of mail asking them to thank their representatives for […]

An Oregon wind farm on the Oregon-Washington border.

More than two dozen Oregon lobbyists work for both sides on climate change, report finds

BY: - February 16, 2024

More than two dozen Oregon lobbyists are advocating policies on behalf of industries that contribute to climate change while also representing those that fight and respond to climate challenges, according to a report from a lobbying watchdog group. Researchers at the group, Pennsylvania-based F Minus, launched last summer, compiled a database that shows that more […]

Former President Donald Trump is backing Michael Whatley, the chair of the North Carolina GOP, to be the next Republican National Committee chair.

Trump’s pick for RNC chief worked with top election denier’s group

BY: - February 16, 2024

Former President Donald Trump’s choice to be the next chair of the national Republican Party briefly teamed up last election cycle with a voter fraud watchdog group closely tied to Cleta Mitchell, the conservative lawyer who played a key role in Trump’s bid to subvert the 2020 vote. Trump is backing Michael Whatley, the chair […]

Former President Donald Trump answers a question as Joe Biden, then the Democratic presidential candidate, listens during the second and final presidential debate at Belmont University on Oct. 22, 2020, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Worried Biden and Trump are too old to be president? Calm down, experts on aging say

BY: - February 15, 2024

Age should not preclude either Joe Biden or Donald Trump from serving another four years as president, a group of aging experts said Thursday at a webinar organized by the American Federation for Aging Research. If Biden, 81, and Trump, 77, are the candidates on Election Day, as appears likely right now, they would break […]

Five years after pushing for permanent daylight time, Oregon senator seeks switch to standard time

BY: - February 15, 2024

Five years after Oregon lawmakers passed a bipartisan law to permanently stay on daylight time, Oregonians are still stuck changing their clocks twice a year. States can’t switch to permanent daylight time without congressional approval, though they can choose to opt out of daylight saving time altogether. Now, the state senator who led the effort […]

Rep. Jason Kropf, D-Bend, and Senate Majority Leader Kate Lieber, D-Beaverton, talk about the proposed framework for addressing the state's drug addiction crisis as the Joint Committee on Addiction and Community Safety Response meets on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024.

Oregon judges, including chief justice, concerned about legislative addiction proposal, letter says

BY: - February 14, 2024

Last Monday when the Oregon Legislature started the short session, Oregon Chief Justice Meagan Flynn wrote to two leading Democratic lawmakers about a key element in their wide-ranging proposal to address the state’s addiction crisis. Writing on behalf of Oregon’s judges, trial court administrators and court staff in 27 judicial districts, she outlined a detailed […]